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  1. I do clean mine, once a year in the early spring,...

    I do clean mine, once a year in the early spring, pulling all the %#$! pine needles out of it then hit it with the pressure washer, but that's the full extent me "wetting it down".
  2. That would seem counter-productive as by doing so...

    That would seem counter-productive as by doing so you would be creating a negative air pressure inside the home, causing it to suck-in outside (balance) air from wherever it could, such as poor seals...
  3. Thanks all. The climate here in Houston, TX is...

    Thanks all. The climate here in Houston, TX is hardly conducive to any evaporative cooling devices, so I was very skeptical when I saw the ad. Of course the retailer is making wild claims about...
  4. Yes. The advertised product is called "The...

    Yes. The advertised product is called "The Mister" compares almost identical to the "Cool-'n-save" product advertized on Amazon... same principle. - to me it looks a little like a miniature version...
  5. Water (mist) spray on condenser unit - help or hoax?

    We're starting to see TV ads here in S. Texas for a water misting device that you mount on the outside of your condenser/compr unit ostensibly for the purpose of enhancing performance or conserving...
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    They screen those fairly well. Anyone who has...

    They screen those fairly well. Anyone who has ever crossed swords with them is generally put on a "no fly list" that they share access to.
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    Holy crap Mark, that is a GREAT link! I'm...

    Holy crap Mark, that is a GREAT link! I'm passing that one on to my HOA for inclusion in their monthly newsletter.
    Thanks again!
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    Thanks. Each home (ours included) has a small...

    Thanks.

    Each home (ours included) has a small 6" return duct coming from outside. This is damper-controlled with some electronics to determine when it's needed. The concept is to hold a slight...
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    Ours is one of those Del-Webb (55 & over...

    Ours is one of those Del-Webb (55 & over restricted) communities with over 1,000 elderly (many over 70) just ripe for being fleeced by fast-talking hustlers. The oldest house in the entire community...
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    Thanks Jim. Dust? Yes, but there's a reason....

    Thanks Jim.

    Dust? Yes, but there's a reason. We've been inundated with tree pollen this Spring & normally this time of year we'd have our windows open to enjoy the fresh air free from Mother...
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    Thanks!!! Thanks too for the speedy reply :)

    Thanks!!!

    Thanks too for the speedy reply :)
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    Duct Cleaning, Value or Flim-Flam??

    We are the original owner of a 5˝-yr old townhome in one of the western Houston suburbs (A/C runs 8 mos. out of the year, furnace runs about 4 weeks out of the year)

    Our townhome is all on 1...
  13. GOSH :) Unarguably most typical homeowners...

    GOSH :)

    Unarguably most typical homeowners wouldn't have bothered to even soil their hands, but this crap fascinates me. I've always been the home handyman type and neighbors sometimes look at me...
  14. Mystery solved

    Okay, you guys get another star >sheepish grin<

    There indeed was a leak in the RA ducting, of all places right at the base of the RA plenum where the large (20") round duct attaches to the collar....
  15. Thanks. Great idea!! I just happen to have a...

    Thanks. Great idea!!

    I just happen to have a combo Temp/RH gauge which also includes DP display as well. It's an ExTech #445814 "Psychrometer". It's been recently calibrated, so should be close....
  16. With 18" of blown-in insulation it's awfully hard...

    With 18" of blown-in insulation it's awfully hard to go trapesing through it without causing as much damage as you set out to cure (or search for). Believe me, I was not at all happy that the the...
  17. Fresh air damper remains disconnected. Fan is on...

    Fresh air damper remains disconnected. Fan is on 'auto'. RH is showing 55% this morning (5:30 AM)
  18. Unfortunately 10 hrs later there's no improvement...

    Unfortunately 10 hrs later there's no improvement in RH. Still hanging in there, drifting between 57 and 62%
  19. OKAY - Follow-up - some progress! The new tech...

    OKAY - Follow-up - some progress!

    The new tech (fairly young fellow) left about 10 mins ago. Upon arrival he measured the subcooling and found it to be 22 deg. He also said the system was...
  20. Thanks Darrell. I'm not going to say a...

    Thanks Darrell.

    I'm not going to say a hellouvalot to him/her, I'd much rather accompany them to the attic and back yard, keep my hands in my pockets and observe. They're the pro, not me. (Just...
  21. I would bet a pension check on overcharge as...

    I would bet a pension check on overcharge as being one of the problems, but maybe not the root cause. Remember, the original BOZO agreed the indoor temp split was wrong, but after inspecting the coil...
  22. No. The attic access is via a pull-down stairway...

    No. The attic access is via a pull-down stairway in the garage. We also have 18" of blown-in insulation. It wasn't originally that deep, but after a minor structural problem the builder sent an...
  23. Right now (7 PM) it's cooled off a little,...

    Right now (7 PM) it's cooled off a little, ambient temp outside approx 86. With systen on (running for 5 mins) the liquid line right at the compressor, as best as I am able to determine, is also 86...
  24. Many thanks. From all this it's obvious to me...

    Many thanks.

    From all this it's obvious to me that it's time to have (another) pro take a second look at it. In the peak heat of the day I'm seeing compressor amperage right around 12 amps. ...
  25. Apologies for not getting back sooner. Here are...

    Apologies for not getting back sooner. Here are the stats & info

    Condenser/Compressor Lennox 14ACX-036
    A Coil: Lennox CH33-44/48B -2 -F
    TXV

    Flwg data retrieved moments ago (12:30 PM Friday...
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